Dog Friendly Beach Chalet, Gwithian Towans, Cornwall

Driftwood Beach Chalet

By the beach at Gwithian Towans, St Ives Bay

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (+ cot) Friday arrival Up to two small well behaved dogs welcome
The Retreat

Set in a small group of individual, privately owned holiday homes, this pretty chalet-style, dog friendly beach house sleeps six. Appointed for a carefree seaside lifestyle, Driftwood has good sea views from its private west-facing decking and is a very short stroll from Gwithian’s stunning beach, wild sand dunes and the Cornish coast path.

Imagine the perfect traditional wooden beach chalet in Cornwall with all the comfort and equipment you would possibly need for a self-catering holiday. That’s Driftwood Beach Chalet. Set amidst miles of unspoilt sand dunes, minutes from the magical beach of Gwithian, with sweeping views across the bay to St Ives and Godrevy lighthouse, Driftwood will transport you to a simpler time and place, but with all the comforts and little necessities you need on holiday.

Driftwood Beach Chalet is a small beach chalet, right on the coast at beautiful Gwithian Towans in St Ives bay, overlooking the beach on the dramatic north coast of Cornwall. Originally built in the 1930s, Driftwood has been carefully restored and extended to retain all of its original painted wooden charm, but with the furnishings and facilities that discerning guests expect. The chalet can sleep up to six across three bedrooms. We have tried to ensure that Driftwood Beach Chalet is self catering accommodation in Cornwall at its very best.

When you arrive you will find parking for two cars behind the chalet. You will enter into a light and comfortable open-plan living space, which opens via large floor-to-ceiling patio doors onto a decked area with sun chairs and views of Godrevy lighthouse and St Ives. In the lounge area you will find a large sofa for chilling out and original artworks by local artists decorating the walls.

Throughout the chalet you will find the floors are either stripped or painted pine, with casual rugs for extra comfort giving Driftwood an easygoing and relaxed feel. You’ll find some little extras like two surfboards for you to use, as well as lots of beach and board games, so you will never be short of things to do, whatever the weather.

The dining area can accommodate at least six in comfort around a pine table. You will even have under-seat heating in case the nights are chilly. The kitchen, which has been lovingly renovated in 2023, is generously equipped — perfect for those who are enthusiastic cooks. There’s all the essentials including a large fridge and freezer, induction hob and electric oven, Tassimo coffee machine and dishwasher. A ceramic sink is positioned with a view to St Ives so that even washing up by hand can be a pleasure!

The master bedroom has plenty of space with a king-size bed and can accommodate a travel cot (which we can supply on request); the second double room is small but charming and cosy with a full-sized double bed and fitted wardrobe. Children or younger adults love our bunk room which has a sturdy safety rail on the top bunk. All of the bedrooms are furnished with comfortable duvets, plenty of pillows, organic cotton bed linen and beautiful quilts, throws or blankets. And you will find nice touches like shelves of books, reading lights and blackout blinds to make sure you get a good sleep even when the holiday sun comes up unreasonably early!

Driftwood has a wooden and tiled wetroom-style shower indoors, as well as a hot and cold outdoor shower for getting out of wetsuits in comfort.

Outside the chalet

Stepping out through the sun-doors you will find yourself on a decked area looking over an open grassy area towards St Ives Bay. To the side of Driftwood is a small but private garden complete with barbecue and an outdoor dining area, which catches the sun late into the afternoons and early evening as it sets across the bay and disappears behind the horizon off St Ives.

You’ll also find a hot and cold outdoor shower, a clothes drier and a storage shed where you can safely store any beach items.

Things we love…

People fall in love with Driftwood. Not because it’s big or posh, but because it’s intimate, authentic and well thought out. It’s a little bit of classic Cornish seaside atmosphere, lovingly restored and modernised. But of course it’s the location that makes it extra special.

Many of our guests have returned to Gwithian again and again, bringing children, then bringing grand-children. The beach is just breath-taking – whether at low tide in summer with its vast expanse of sand and scores of rock-pools, in the autumn when the new swell rolls in from the Atlantic attracting surfers, paddle-boarders, and kite-surfers alike, or in the depths of winter when high tide crashes against the cliff faces and salty spray reaches as far as the chalet windows (thank goodness for double glazing).

Everything you need
Been coming to Gwithian for many years now — and always a joy to be back. First time staying at Driftwood and we have had a perfect stay. Lots of walks on the beach and pints at The Rockpool! (the best way to spend a holiday). Driftwood and Gwithian has everything you need and we have all really enjoyed ourselves from three months — 69 years old!
Jen, Rob, Linda, Steve and Oli & Milo — September 2023

Retreat Features

  • Just a 5 minute walk from the golden sand of Gwithian
  • Decking with sea views
  • Private parking
  • Surfboards to borrow FOC
  • Barbecue and private outdoor dining area
  • Free WiFi
Principal bedroom: king bed
Bedroom two: double bed
Bedroom three: bunk beds
All bed linen and bath towels provided
Well equipped kitchen
Induction hob, electric oven
Microwave, blender, toaster
Dining area seating for six+
Tea towels provided
Large L-shaped sofa
3 x Smart TVs plus DVD Player
Library of books (all tastes & ages)
Toys and rainy-day games
Bluetooth speaker
Wetroom style bathroom
Large walk-in shower, basin, WC
Bathroom towels provided
Decked area with sea views
Small private garden
Al fresco dining area and BBQ
Warm outdoor shower
2 x surfboards
Gas fired central heating
Green tariff electricity
Travel cot (no linen) and high chair on request
Up to two small well behaved dogs welcome
Parking for two cars with EV charging
Friday standard changeover
Check in after 4pm
Check out before 10am


The beaches of Godrevy and Gwithian Towans are tucked away treasures on the North coast of Cornwall, backed by picturesque sand dunes that run alongside them. These unspoilt, golden beaches stretch along the easterly side of St Ives Bay, and as west facing beaches they bask in the summer sun all day long. With several surf schools lining the beach, Gwithian is a surfing mecca and is an area perfect for those wanting to try surfing for the first time or polish up their skill!

Travel times

  • Driftwood is about 12 miles from the nearest mainline station at Camborne. Regular and convenient services run from all over the UK.
  • Driftwood Beach Chalet is situated in Gwithian Towans, on Cornwall’s North Coast coast adjacent to the delightful village of Gwithian, just five minutes north east of Hayle on the B3301. Driving time from London is around five hours in normal traffic, while Exeter is around two hours away. We’ll send you detailed route information before your departure.

Things we love

  • A classic beach chalet - moments from the surf
  • In a quiet location but with supermarkets and other amenities just a short drive away
  • A stroll to the cafés, restaurants and pubs nearby
  • Views inside and outside of the St. Ives Bay

The gwithian guide


Water-sports Wonderland

With its rolling waves, golden sands and stunning sunsets, Gwithian and the surrounding beaches are a watersports lover’s paradise, a stone’s throw from our Gwithian Towans holiday cottages. Seasonal lifeguards serve the beach here, so it’s a safe place for those wanting to get in the water and discover what St Ives Bay has to offer in terms of aquatic adrenaline. Take advantage of Gwithian’s decent swell and jump on a surfboard with the help from our friends at Global Boarders. When the wind whips up, you can join the kitesurfers soaring over the waves.

If you’d rather just get in the water without a board, the sea swimming is simply spectacular. Time it right and you can be out in a calm sea, watching the sun sink below the Atlantic. Or, get up with the larks to have the beach to yourself on a summer morning before even the sand has warmed up. With plenty of shallow waters and rock pools to explore it’s also the perfect place to bring the kids with a bat and ball for some simple family holiday fun.

Safe, sheltered sand pools

Our Gwithian Towans chalets and cottages make an ideal base for families. As the tide retreats back across Gwithian’s golden sands, it reveals a myriad of rock pools and sand pools that heat up under the summer sun, creating safe, warm shallows that are perfect for kids to play in. Gwithian has seasonal lifeguards too, so children can try their hand sea swimming and bodyboarding worry free. For those with a four-legged friend in tow, make for the south-westerly section of Gwithian and the beaches beyond, where dogs are free to frolic, cooling off in the many sand pools along the way.

The vast expanse of beach exposed at low tide serves as a fantastic pitch for beach games, whether it’s rounders, cricket or football. Gathering up a group of friends or family for a match is an idyllic way to spend an evening. For post-game refreshments, head up into the Towans, fire up a barbecue and watch as the sun sinks down behind the Atlantic.

Cornish walking holidays Gwithian South West Coast Path

Miles of coastal footpath

With cliff walks to the east and gentle strolls through the dog friendly dunes to the west, Gwithian has direct access to fantastic walking. Head east along Gwithian beach and you’ll discover the steep cliffs at Godrevy Head, a stark contrast to the gentle slope down to sea level found at Gwithian. Peer carefully over the edge to Mutton’s Cove to count the seals lounging on the beach below, or continue further along the cliff for stunning views of the dramatic north Cornish coastline.

These north cliffs also join up with one of Cornwall’s richest woodland areas, Tehidy Woods. Home to friendly squirrels and a great cafe, these paths provide cooler shady walking during the summer months and sheltered strolls in the winter. Walk west from Gwithian and you’ll be greeted with beach, beach and more beach, stretching all the way to St Ives. With gentle sandy tracks, quiet lanes and almost continuous views across St Ives Bay, this gentle section of the coastal footpath is dog friendly all year round.

Gwithian beach dunes, Cornwall


Backed by sand dunes, with a gentle golden slope leading down to clear waters, Gwithian’s lifeguarded shores are perfect for beach life. When the wind blows, watch surfers take on the Atlantic waves and kite surfers take to the air, with seasonal lifeguards looking on. If you want to test the waves yourself, you’ll find board hire and lessons, as well as kayaking, paddleboarding and coasteering, at Global Boarders, just behind the dunes. On a calm day, the waters are dotted with swimmers, families playing beach games and kids finding their feet with bodyboards.

Godrevy lighthouse, Gwithian beach, Cornwall


With its rocky outcrops, great surf and sheltered shores perfect for sunbathers, Godrevy is the beach for those looking to find their own secluded spot of sand. Godrevy is under the watchful eye of seasonal lifeguards, so children can play happily in the sea, or explore the many rockpools and sandpools. Godrevy beach and the grassy cliff above looks out towards Godrevy Lighthouse, the inspiration behind Virginia Woolfe’s To The Lighthouse. It’s one of our favourite spots to watch the sun set, turning the sky a deep red as the sun slips down behind the lighthouse. The Godrevy Beach Cafe in the National Trust carpark is great.

Gwithian Beach and dunes, St Ives Bay, Cornwall

Hayle’s beaches

Gwithian is flanked to the east by a number of beaches that make up the three miles of sand that stretches across St Ives Bay to Hayle Estuary. Upton Towans, Mexico Towans and Hayle Beach are all dog friendly all year round, and they all interconnect as the tide goes out. The grassy dunes behind them are a perfect spot for a barbecue and there are caves to discover at low tide, just a stone’s throw from our Gwithian Towans chalets. From wartime structures to pillars used to facilitate the extraction of tin from the sand over a hundred years ago, there’s plenty to see for those who don’t fancy lounging in the sun all day.

Food & drink
Sunset Surf cafe at Gwithian beach, Cornwall

Cool cafes

Right on Gwithian’s sand, the quirky Hungry Horsebox Co is housed in a converted horsebox. They do a delicious dhal and great coffee. Set just back from the beach, Sunset Surf Cafe overlooks the beautiful beach and is a great spot for some hearty homemade food and a crisp glass of local cider. It’s also home to the surf school Global Boarders. With its showstopping views, The Jam Pot is an idyllic location for a tea or coffee stop, a mouthwatering bacon sandwich or a generous helping of cake. At the other end of the beach, the kid friendly, dog friendly and surfer friendly Godrevy Beach Cafe serves everything you’d want after a blustery beach walk or surf, from delicious breakfasts to indulgent hot chocolates. Grab a table upstairs for a brilliant view of Godrevy lighthouse.

Pubs and restaurants

A couple of miles up the road, Trevaskis Farm Restaurant is a great place for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea. Their seasonal lunch and supper menus include dishes such as crusted sea bream and lobster thermidor, and their Sunday roasts are very popular. In the centre of Gwithian, the Red River Inn is open every day for breakfast, lunch and evening meals, with plenty of local produce and Cornish ales on offer. It holds a popular annual beer festival at Easter. Behind the dunes at the far end of Gwithian beach, the Rookpool is full of sandy footed surfers and  serves small bites and sharing plates, hearty main meals, such as sea platters and seafood chowders, burgers and ribs.

Eating local in Gwithian and Hayle

With two brilliant farm shops within a couple of miles of the village and delis, ice cream parlours and pasty shops in neighbouring Hayle, it’s easy to get your hands on local produce in Gwithian, from fresh fish and meat to veg and local cheeses.

Find out more about buying local with our handy Local Food Guide to Gwithian.

Things to do
Surfing at Gwithian Beach, Cornwall

Take to the water

Gwithian is one of the most popular surfing spots on the north coast, and for good reason — it regularly welcomes medium sized clean surf to its shores, so it’s brilliant for all abilities. There are numerous surf schools around Gwithian and Godrevy, including Global Boarders, which is located at the Sunset Surf cafe near the Gwithian Towans carpark. They cater to all ages and abilities, and they also offer coasteering, kayaking and paddleboard hire and lessons, too.

Red Panda At Paradise Park, St Ives Bay, Cornwall

Paradise Park

With over a hundred species of birds, this brilliant wildlife park in Hayle is home to eagles, parrots and flamingoes, as well as Red Pandas, otters, and a petting zoo. Paradise Park caters for all ages too, with penguin feeding, a jungle train, free flying shows and the chance to hold a barn owl, make sure you check out their website to find out when these events are on. If the kids still aren’t tired out, make sure you take them to the Jungle Barn, Paradise Park’s whopping soft play area. A thoroughly entertaining way to spend a day!

Seals Mutton Cove Gwithian, Godrevy

Seal spotting

All year round, if you head across Godrevy Point to Mutton Cove and peer carefully over the cliff edge, you should be able to spot the herd of seals taking shelter on the beach down below. Watch them head out to sea and swim, their heads bobbing in the waves like little black buoys, or see fluffy grey pups lollop across the sand. If you’re lucky enough, you may be able to spot them in the water off Godrevy and Gwithian beaches, or take a boat trip with St Ives Boat Company and spot them lounging on the lighthouse island.

Guests Say
  • By far our favourite place

    Wow, what an absolutely lovely property. The location, interior and enclosed outside space was just perfect for us and the dogs. We have stayed on the Towans numerous times but this is by far our favourite place to stay. What a superb welcome hamper for us and the dogs, very well thought out — thank you.

    Jamie, Zoe, Cookie, Rocket & Walter — April 2024
  • Everything you need

    Been coming to Gwithian for many years now — and always a joy to be back. First time staying at Driftwood and we have had a perfect stay. Lots of walks on the beach and pints at The Rockpool! (the best way to spend a holiday). Driftwood and Gwithian has everything you need and we have all really enjoyed ourselves from three months — 69 years old!

    Jen, Rob, Linda, Steve and Oli & Milo — September 2023
  • Spotlessly clean

    Amazing stay at Driftwood. Spotlessly clean with everything that you need and thank you Forever Cornwall.

    Shirley & Daisy — June 2023
  • Very comfortable

    Had the best stay at Driftwood. Spotlessly clean and very comfortable, just wished it had been a two week time! Hopefully be back soon.

    Rachel, Chris & Indy — April 2023
  • So good!

    This year has been so good! We worked out that our first visit to Driftwood was in 2010 and we've come every year bar two since then. This year surfing and rock pools have been the highlight, the weather has been so mild, as a result I finally stood up on my surfboard - it's only taken about 20 years. The windsurfing has also been great, we all got out sailing at Gwithian for the first time. Thank you for a comfortable and fun time.

    Jo, Nigel, Isla & Harry — October 2022
  • Our 9th (!) stay

    Our 9th (!) stay in Driftwood - another wonderful relaxing fortnight. We were very lucky with both weather and surf, so spent a lot of time on the beach or in the sea. We still found time for a trip to the Eden Project, St Ives and a couple of Sunset Surf breakfasts.

    Juliet & Family — September 2022
  • Perfect

    Driftwood...perfect. A fabulous two weeks and on the waiting list for booking next year, fingers crossed. Thank you.

    Ali, Elaine & the dogs Oki & Dixie — September 2022
  • Home away from home!

    Our second time staying at Driftwood and our experience was just as brilliant as the first time, if not better, as it now feels like a home away from home! Days on the beach on our doorstep, the seals at Godrevy, days trips to Land's End, St Michael's Mount, Kynance Cove and Portreath - and to have so many beautiful places within such easy reach. Then relaxing on the decking at the end of the day and watching the sunset with a cold drink - just perfect!

    The Spiler Family — August 2022
  • Catered for all of us

    We had a fantastic week on the beach playing and surfing. Driftwood is beautiful and catered for all of us aged from 1.5 - 55 years!

    Julie & Family — August 2022
  • The perfect place

    This was our first stay at Driftwood and we loved it. The beds were very comfortable and fresh, we slept very well. We found the surfboards were handy. The views were gorgeous and the house is in the perfect place to watch the sunset over the beach. The outdoor shower was perfect after coming back from the beach. We are already thinking about coming back soon we loved it so much.

    The Price Family — July 2022
  • Amazing week

    Our third stay at Driftwood - we've had an amazing time, in the water and out. The coast path towards Godrevy lighthouse is beautiful and it's nice to see all the seals on their beach. We spent lots of time bodyboarding and surfing on the beaches only a short walk away. There was plenty of wind for kitesurfing to add to the amazing week. We're sure to come back again sometime.

    The Noble Family — July 2022
  • No doubt will be back again

    Been to Gwithian Towans over many years. Second time at Driftwood, first being in late 2019. Relaxed a lot on the decking watching the world go by. Got in the water several times. Had several walks around the area but didn't drive very far this year. Well equipped chalet so no doubt will be back again.

    Mike & June — May 2022
  • Wonderful

    Our second visit to Gwithian and first to Driftwood, celebrating Ryan's 36th birthday. A wonderful weekend. We will be back in the summer.

    The Domanskas — March 2022
  • Just perfect

    Our fifth time in perfect Driftwood. We've had a lovely, relaxing week in Gwithian Towans watching the waves and the seals. St Ives Bay is our favourite place in Cornwall, especially Gwithian and Godrevy. It's our happy place that has many fond memories from our previous weeks here. Driftwood is just perfect for an amazing holiday - comfy beds and sofa and everything you need (home from home)! Also, lovely views of St Ives and Godrevy - fantastic sunset on our last night, the perfect way to end our stay. We will be back.

    Paul, Sharon & Evie — March 2022
  • Another lovely stay

    Another lovely stay in Driftwood, despite Storm Barra and 60mph winds! Surfing, cream teas and fish and chips...a classic Cornish holiday! Thanks.

    Richard — December 2021
  • 10/10

    Our stay in Driftwood has been amazing for the fifth time. Everything about it is great and cosy. Also, the view is absolutely amazing. Thank you for another brilliant year in Driftwood. 10/10.

    The Heaths — October 2021
  • Perfect holiday

    Our first visit to Gwithian, and to Driftwood, and it really has been our perfect holiday! Our chalet is fantastic - amazing location and many evenings spent watching the sunset. Such a peaceful, relaxing place with everything you need on your doorstep. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay - we have fallen in love with Gwithian and will definitely be back!

    The Spilers — August 2021
  • A charming chalet

    A fantastic place to relax and unwind after such a horrible year! Back at Driftwood for our third time - a charming chalet which reminds me of the lovely places I stayed in here as a child years ago! We will be back.

    The Ollerenshaws — August 2021
  • Excellent place

    Our third visit to Driftwood, and it hasn't disappointed! Lots of lovely time on the beach and for the first time we ALL did bodyboarding, not just the kids - so useful to have some here to use! We've loved it so much we have already booked to return at Easter and we cannot wait! Thanks again to the whole team at Forever Cornwall for making this such an excellent place to come.

    The Morgan Family — August 2021
  • Fantastic family break

    Fantastic family break spending time together in such a beautiful location! First visit to Cornwall and can't wait to return. The beach is amazing and we now have three budding surfers!

    The Mullins Family — July 2021
  • We love coming on holiday here!

    This is our second time staying in Driftwood. We love coming on holiday here! This was the best place to be during the heatwave, we went to the beach everyday.

    Isla, Clare, Bryn & Ags — July 2021
  • Superb location
    The Wisbeys — August 2020
  • Brilliant week here!
    The Morgan Family — August 2020
  • Wonderful week at Driftwood!

    We have had a wonderful week at Driftwood! After four months of not leaving our neighbourhood this was just the tonic we needed. Driftwood is perfect — everything we could possibly need plus a beautiful view. We haven't ventured far, as we have really enjoyed a slow, quiet week just going to the beach and back. We haven't felt the need to go any further! We had delicious fish and chips from Sanders in Hayle and a fantastic birthday breakfast at Trevaskis Farm Shop. We have loved it here and will definitely be back!

    Clare, Bryn, Agatha & Isla — July 2020
  • An amazing holiday

    We had an amazing holiday, the view was amazing. Our favourite bit was walking up to see the seals and playing in the sea.

    Ella, Dom, Phoebe, Vicci & Rich — November 2019
  • Amazing views

    My favourite part of this trip was the amazing views from the house and also coming in from the cold sea and having the hot shower outside. It has been an incredible week and we are sad to be leaving! Driftwood has made this holiday for us, especially with the board games (especially monopoly) and thousands of interesting books! Thank you again for making our holiday the best it can be!

    The Heath Family — October 2019
  • We never want to leave

    Once again we find ourselves back in Gwithian, which I love! Driftwood is the third we have rented through Forever Cornwall on this site, and every single one has provided a lovely cosy home away from home with easy access to the brilliant beach for space, fresh air and recharging your batteries. We never want to leave, I am already thinking about next year. Many thanks for providing us with such a comfortable base with amazing views.

    The Simkins Family — October 2019
  • Wonderful

    Wonderful stay at Driftwood - Gwithian is our favourite place and the walk is lovely along the beach by Godrevy lighthouse. We hardly used the car as we just wanted to enjoy the walks and bodyboard and eat at the little cafes. What more could you want? We hope to be back.

    The Mason Family — August 2019
  • The most wonderful stay!

    We had the most wonderful stay at Driftwood! We have loved every moment! Gwithian is a great beach for kids and adults alike. Thank you for everything, we hope to come back to make more special memories.

    The Morgan Family — June 2019
  • Cosy, comfortable and in a great location!

    We had a fab week! Shorts and sun cream at the beginning and waterproofs at the end, all part of the fun of Cornwall. Walked dogs and surfed every day, perfect! Love Driftwood, it is comfortable, cosy and in a great location! We love the outside shower - fab after surfing. Thank you for the welcome goodies; they got our holiday off to a great start. We will be back, thank you.

    The Nichols Family — April 2018
  • Our favourite place in the world!

    What can we say? Our third time at Driftwood and we've lost count of our wonderful stays on the Towans (mostly through Forever Cornwall). This little place is our favourite place in the world! What sets Driftwood apart from a lot of other places in Gwithian are the little touches such as great sharp knives, atmospheric lighting. We love the big grey lamp over the dining table for example; it makes a lovely golden pool of light over a cosy meal. Phil and Maria you are the Towans experts and we salute you!

    The Taylors — April 2018
  • This is our third stay and certainly not our last!

    Steve, Jazzie and I have had a lovely week. We have 'experienced' snow, rain and sun here during our stay, ending on a beautiful sunny day in St Ives - so picturesque. This is our third stay with Forever Cornwall, and certainly not our last! Maria, Phil and all the team should be very proud of running such a wonderful holiday rental business. Already on your website looking at the next cottage/chalet/apartment to holiday at a future date! Thank you to all the team once again!

    The Fowlers — March 2018
  • A very enjoyable and restful week

    The Green Family have had a great stay! Our second visit to Driftwood and familiarity was a good thing. A very wild and blustery week with storms 'Dillon' and 'Eleanor.' A dip in the sea on New Year's Day with body boards - we were the only ones in the water - this was our only venture into the sea (unlike prior visits) but it was worth it! Now heading home after a very enjoyable and restful week. Thanks for a good time.

    The Green Family — December 2017
  • Super comfy and well equipped

    Back at Driftwood for our fourth year and it's still lovely! Slightly stormy weather this year but we managed to get in a bit of surfing and lots of running around on the beach. Driftwood is super comfy and well equipped, and thank you for the arrival gift!

    The Kemps — September 2017
  • Amazing two weeks

    Been to Gwithian many times but this was my first stay at Driftwood. I had an amazing two weeks - it's a lovely, comfy place in a great location. Had some great surf and very lucky with the weather. Will dearly miss having a beer in the armchairs watching the sun go down. It was a struggle to leave for me, and the dog had the time of his life; one very happy hound!

    Andrew & Sennen the dog — September 2017
  • Yet another lovely stay!

    Yet another lovely stay! Lots of lovely walks and good food. Trevaskis Farm Shop great for local produce and freshly caught fish, Victoria Inn at Perranuthnoe was nice for posh food in a pub atmosphere, and Godrevy Beach Cafe is highly recommended. Already planning our next visit!

    Nigel, Tracy & Chester — June 2017
  • Fab walks and views

    Lovely holiday. Lovely place. Fab walks and views, perfect for relaxing. Loved the book choices too.

    The Rimmer Family — September 2016
  • Beautiful chalet

    We had a fantastic week staying in this beautiful chalet. Lots of sun, sea and surfing. Lovely visit to the Minack and a boat trip from St Ives for seal spotting.

    The Pickard Family — September 2016
  • A wonderfully relaxing time

    Our third holiday in Driftwood and once again we have had a lovely time! Got lots of surfing in. The view is fabulous as ever and we had a wonderfully relaxing time.

    Juliet, Jonathan & Leon — September 2016
  • Loved the location

    So glad we booked this lovely place. Really loved the location and the facilities of the chalet.

    The Hitchin Family — September 2016
  • It's small but perfectly formed!

    We have had a fantastic holiday. For a family of six plus a big dog Driftwood worked perfectly. It's small but perfectly formed! We were very pleased to find the business card for Duchy Dog Care. The lovely Marina took excellent care of our bonkers dog for two days, which meant we were able to go to Godrevy beach without worrying about him. We highly recommend her.

    The Boncy Family — August 2016
  • Driftwood is the perfect beach house

    Driftwood is the perfect beach house. So reminded me of childhood summers spent on the beach in California, BUT Gwithian beach is much better!! Thank you for sharing your lovely family beach house with our family. We are sad to leave but look forward to our return. Perfect waves, peace, love and happiness.

    Guy, Laura, Max & Alama — July 2016
  • Yet another great stay

    Thank you for yet another great stay, our third and definitely not our last! Driftwood really does feel like home. Very relaxing stay and was fortunate enough to have lovely weather. Saw seals and a couple of adders on our daily walks. Can't wait to come back again.

    Nigel, Tracy & Chester — June 2016
  • So many wonderful things

    So many wonderful things to say about our holiday, I need to list! Gorgeous hot outdoor shower. Lovely cotton bedding and cosy throws. Sunbathing on the sofa with the doors wide open enjoying the sound of the waves. The sunsets - we got some fantastic silhouette photos on the cliff tops, definitely one for the memory bank. Fantastic hours spent boogie boarding/surfing/paddle boarding. Relaxing early morning dog walks - very happy doggies (slept most of the week!). The Jam Pot - cream teas with a view. Lazy evening BBQ's, guitaring and a glass of wine or two. Thank you for a perfect week.

    Clive, Kay, Eve & Iola — August 2015
  • Hope to come back again and again

    Beautiful hut, can we buy it please! Says everything really, but hope to come back again and again.

    Janie, Chris, Coran & Jack — August 2015
  • What a wonderful beach experience!

    What a wonderful beach experience! Love the decor - spot on! Perfect for long walks and sunsets. The glow worms were awesome. Lovely touch to arrive after a long drive to the selection of goodies - the wine went down especially well!

    Emma, Rob, Ollie & Marcus — August 2015
  • A lovely relaxing sun-filled week

    Driftwood comfortably accommodates six adults. Breakfasted at the Surf Cafe and the Rooster (in Hayle), had afternoon tea at the Jam Pot, enjoyed walks to Fisherman's Cove and around Godrevy Point. All in all, a lovely relaxing sun-filled week.

    Margot, Mark, Oliver, Henrietta, Isobel & Jonna — July 2015
  • Driftwood is perfect in every way

    As a child in the 70's, my family used to visit Gwithian year after year, staying on the Towans. As an adult I have brought my family here since the 90's, but this is the first time we have stayed in a chalet here. Boy, have they changed since the 70's (no indoor loos or showers then!). Driftwood is perfect in every way and we are hoping to return soon. We've had great fun - body boarding, surfing, paddle boarding, playing board games and watching the incredible sunsets.

    The Otterenshaw's — July 2015
  • Brilliant

    We had a fantastic week - beautiful weather, great beach and easy access to St Ives, Falmouth and Penzance. The chalet was brilliant and had everything we needed.

    Emeilia, Zuzana, Charles, Sefinka & Angus — June 2015
  • Driftwood is still as beautiful as ever

    A truly fabulous week, so lucky with the weather and Driftwood is still as beautiful as ever.

    Nige, Jo, Isla & Harry — May 2015
  • Fantastic

    We've had another fantastic week in this wonderful place. The boys enjoy being by the sea so much and don't want to leave! Lots of fun in the surf. We will be back...

    Jane, Ade, Harry & George — May 2015
  • A wonderful stay

    Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. All the little touches - tea, wine, milk, paper - made such a difference.

    The Turners – February 2013
  • Very special stay

    Happy New Year and what a wonderful place to spend it. Dolphins and seals galore added to a very special stay.

    Mandie & Jezzie – January 2013
  • Perfect in every way

    We could not have chosen a better place than Driftwood for our summer break; it was just perfect in every way.

    Tracey & Jamie – September 2011
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